Victoria and Vancouver Island Travel Guide
Victoria International Airport is 15 miles north of downtown Victoria. The flight from Vancouver to Victoria takes about 25 minutes. To make the 30-minute drive from the airport to downtown, take Highway 17 south. A taxi is about C$55. The Airporter bus service drops off passengers at most major hotels. The one-way fare is C$21. By public transit, take BC Transit Bus 83, 86, or 88 to the McTavish Exchange, where you transfer to Bus 70, which will take you to downtown Victoria. The one-way fare is C$2.50.
There is floatplane service to Victoria's Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria with West Coast Air and Harbour Air. West Coast Air also flies from Whistler to downtown Victoria, May-October. Kenmore Air has daily floatplane service from Seattle to Victoria's Inner Harbour. Helijet has helicopter service from downtown Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport to downtown Victoria.
For the Gulf Islands, Harbour Air Seaplanes has regular service from downtown Vancouver to Salt Spring and Pender islands. Seair Seaplanes fly from Vancouver Airport to the Southern Gulf Islands. Saltspring Air flies from downtown Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport to the Southern Gulf Islands and to Maple Bay, near Duncan, in the Cowichan Valley. Kenmore Air has summer floatplane service from Seattle to the Gulf Islands. There is no scheduled floatplane service between Victoria and the Gulf Islands.
Contacts and Local Airlines
Airporter (250/386–2525 or 877/386–2525. www.victoriaairporter.com.)
Harbour Air Seaplanes (604/274–1277 or 800/665–0212. www.harbour-air.com.)
Helijet (604/273–4688 or 800/665–4354. www.helijet.com.)
Kenmore Air (425/486–1257 or 866/435–9524. www.kenmoreair.com.)
Seair Seaplanes (604/273–8900 or 800/447–3247. www.seairseaplanes.com.)
Saltspring Air (250/537–9880 or 877/537–9880. www.saltspringair.com.)
West Coast Air (604/274–1277 or 800/665–0212. www.westcoastair.com.)